21/04/2024

Jaylen Adams posterises Brisbane.

Jaylen Adams has lifted the Kings in the dying seconds to come away with their third straight win, clinching a 71-69 victory against the Brisbane Bullets.

The Sydney Kings have escaped with an unlikely victory at Qudos Bank Arena, coming out on top in one of the seasons’ best finishes, as Jarell Martin completed the comeback on the final buzzer.

The Bullets seemed to have the game in control down the stretch, however, with 18 seconds remaining, Anthony Drmic fumbled an inbound pass, setting up the thrilling finale, in a contest that saw neither team stretch a lead beyond seven points.

While the Kings had possession, they still trailed by two points, as Glover missed a transition three, only to be saved by Jaylen Adams on the offensive rebound – the first of many heroics in the dying seconds.

From here on in it was the Adams’ show, with the show-stopping dunk that raised the roof already being called, ‘the dunk of the year’.

Although missing the go-ahead, Adams recovered the loose ball from the scramble, and delivered it to Jarell Martin (17 points, nine rebounds) who sealed the game. Adams finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Cooks’ double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) was just as important in what Coach Buford labelled as an “unbelievable finishing to a really ugly basketball game”.

While it wasn’t a great spectacle for the eyes, with a lot of turnovers and missed baskets, Coach Buford credited his guys’ defence, “to hold them to 69, [12 in the final quarter] was really impressive .. we hung our hats on getting stops.”

For the Bullets, who seemingly had the game in their hands down the stretch, will rue a lost opportunity. Robert Franks returned to form, scoring 18 points as well as grabbing nine rebounds, while Lamar Patterson (14 points, six rebounds, five assists) and Jason Cadee (eight points, six assists) provided in Nathan Sobey’s absence.

Brisbane Bullets’ coach, James Duncan spoke post game about his team performance, and while they did lose, “there were a lot of positive signs.” Whilst being in a winning position, he blamed lack of execution, as well as himself for mishap on the last possession, “I take responsibility for not putting the right guys in rebound situation at the end there, but i can’t fault the effort.”

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